Our people

The School of BioSciences is committed to providing national and international leadership in all areas of the biosciences, through the provision of undergraduate and graduate programs of the highest quality, and through a diverse range of innovative research.

Our staff are among the most passionate teachers and researchers in Australia, and they challenge and inspire our students to become future leaders in Science.

The School of BioSciences came into existence in 2015, consolidating expertise from the three former Departments of Botany, Genetics and Zoology.

The integration of these disciplines means that we now host vey diverse research strengths, giving unprecedented capacity to address major scientific and societal problems in biology. 

Prof. Mark Burgman
Prof. Mark Burgman, Head of School.

The School of BioSciences came into existence in 2015, consolidating expertise from the three former Departments of Botany, Genetics and Zoology.

The integration of these disciplines means that we now host vey diverse research strengths, giving unprecedented capacity to address major scientific and societal problems in biology. 

At present, the School leads more than 240 research projects supported by competitive funding of about $100m. We host a number of significant research centres including the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED), the Centre of Excellence for Biosecurity Risk Analysis (CEBRA), the Centre for Aquatic Pollution Identification and Management (CAPIM), and the ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Cell Walls

Our work is supported by state-of-the-art facilities and infrastructure, and our research capacity is strengthened by strategic partnerships with other institutions, government agencies, and industry.

The School of BioSciences is a major contributor to teaching of some 3,000 undergraduates each year in the Bachelor of Science, as well as a broad range of postgraduate programs. The quality of our teaching programs has been recognised with multiple national teaching awards, and our School is home to a vibrant community of over 200 PhD, MSc and Honours students.

We welcome community engagement in every aspect of our work. We have a strong educational outreach program in VCE Biology and two great collections of national significance in the Herbarium and the Tiegs Museum.

I invite you to explore our website and learn more about the activities of the School. If you have additional questions or are interested in pursuing studies in our undergraduate or postgraduate programs, we welcome your enquiry.

Professor Mark Burgman, FAA
Head of School.